Enoplometopus daumi
Source: JJPhoto.dk
Enoplometopus daumi
Source: Kasper Hareskov Tygesen
Enoplometopus daumi
Source: Kasper Hareskov Tygesen
Enoplometopus daumi
Source: Oceanreef.dk - Kasper Hareskov Tygesen


Latin name Enoplometopus daumi
Common name Daum's Reef Lobster
Family Enoplometopidae - Enoplometopus
Origin Australia, Indonesia, Central/West Pacific
Max length 15 cm (5.9")

As aquarium fish

Minimum volume 200 l (53 gal)
Hardiness Hardy
Suitable for aquarium Suitable for most aquarium
Reef safe Reef safe with caution
Aggressiveness Peaceful


  • Detritus
  • Small crustaceans (Krill, mysis, artemia...)

Can be a threat to smaller fish and shrimps

This species may eat small fish and especially small shrimps, there are, however, some aquarists who manage to get them to coexist just fine.

Rearranges rocks and sand

This species has a habit of rearranging rocks and sand.

Make sure rocks are placed securely on the substrate, so they cannot toppled over.


This species is nocturnal and therefore the most active when the light is dimmed or turned off.

Hiding places

This species needs good hiding places, for example, between live rocks.

Family description (Enoplometopidae)

Reef lobsters (Enoplometopidae) can be very attractive, but one rarely sees them, as they only appear when it's dark. They are therefore most suited to aquarists who have a special liking for these animals.

References and further reading

About references

Bob Fenner. Lobsters For Marine Aquariums? - Wet Web Media - (English)
Ronald L. Shimek. 2004. Marine Invertebrates (PocketExpert Guide) - TFH Publications / Microcosm Ltd. - (English)


nocturnal night, destructive, eats shrimp, eats fish
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